NZXT Phantom Case ReviewBluePanda - December 29, 2011
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Testing the NZXT Phantom required pushing my hardware to heat things up! Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs, HD Tune, and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
Like all the other cases tested here on OCC, the NZXT Phantom will be tested as it was delivered. One modification I tend to have to apply to every case is the removal of the rear fan. In order to mount my water loop with its 120 mm radiator and dual fans I must remove the rear fan. I will mount the two 120 mm fans and radiator on this rear panel in exhaust; other than this modification, the large 200mm fan in the top will remain in place.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: XFX 6970
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: SSD 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
- Antec 1100
- Storm Trooper
- BitFenix Outlaw
- NZXT Source 220
- NZXT Tempest 210
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition
Overall the NZXT Phantom performed pretty well. Not too surprisingly it stayed right there with its brother and sister the Source 220 and Tempest 210 also from NZXT. It was also usually the highest of the three unfortunately. However, it was generally right in the middle of the field of cases, so the results show it being about the average performer. It wasn’t designed to be the ultimate cooling machine but rather have an awesome look with an on par cooling.